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About the course

This physical education degree has been specifically developed to help prepare you for a career in teaching. You will gain first-hand experience of teaching physical education across a variety of schools, the latest child development practices, and issues facing the education sector. Work placements spread across all three years of study ensure that you will graduate feeling fully prepared to undertake your initial teacher training with either a PGCE or School Direct training provider.

The curriculum has been put together based on feedback from a panel of postgraduate teacher training providers. This means that you’ll be in the strongest possible position when it comes time to apply for training opportunities. Course themes include physical education; teaching and learning; child development; physical and motor movement in young people; educational psychology; and research methods. You’ll also have the opportunity to specialise your knowledge and prepare to work with age groups that match your personal career ambitions.

We are proud to manage the Southampton School Sports Partnership, a scheme that was introduced to improve the quality of sports education within the city. Our involvement in the partnership gives sport development, coaching and physical education students access to 72 primary schools, 15 secondary schools and 6 further education colleges in and around the Southampton area. Working alongside these partner institutions will help you to put the theory you’ve learnt into practice. This practical work forms an essential part of your assessment.

We are proud to be an associated partner with the Association for Physical Education (afPE). This partnership demonstrates the courses aim to develop critical practitioners who may wish to progress into teaching roles.

As a physical education student, you’ll work closely with our expert course team. Tutors hold a wealth of experience gained from time spent working across the whole of the education sector, and you’ll benefit from their first-hand knowledge of each discrete population group. Their insight will allow you to better understand the specific pedagogies of child development, and see how proper intervention during childhood can help to create the next generation of physically active adults.

This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree.
Additional qualification
You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
You can study this course part-time.
Part time option

Work placements are spread across all three years of this course, helping to ensure that you graduate with experience at all levels of teaching and youth sport.

What does this course lead to?

This course provides the perfect springboard for those who are working towards a career in PE teaching. Upon completion of the course, you will be in an ideal position to pursue postgraduate teacher training. This training typically includes a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or teacher training scheme (like Schools Direct).

If you decide that teaching isn’t for you, the broad range of subjects covered in this degree will still allow you to make an impact in other related careers. These include sports coaching, leisure management and graduate-level roles across the service industry.

Who is this course for?

Students on this course come from a variety of academic backgrounds, but share a passion for physical education and the positive impact it can make on young lives.

Most applicants will be working towards a career in teaching, but the course is also suitable for those who are interested in youth sports development, community sport and leisure management.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2019/20 tuition fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2018/19 fees were:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 per year

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

The 2019/20 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, the 2018/19 other costs were:

Compulsory costs:

  • Students must purchase a Solent sports kit. As a package, this will cost approximately £105.
  • Students are also required to undertake DBS criminal records checks as part of their enrolment. This is compulsory and is payable by the student at a cost of £55. The DBS process is completed online and students will be sent further guidance and the online link in advance to starting the course. 

Optional costs:

  • Optional discounted professional body endorsement (NGB): Prices vary, please click here to view our courses.
  • Additional kit

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2018, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • At least two completed A-levels  a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • GCSE Mathematics and English at grade 4 or above (previously grade C).
  • All students will be required to undertake a criminal convictions check through the Disclosure and Barring Service.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Sport Foundation Year.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Principles of Sport Coaching 
  • Child Development
  • Physical Education
  • Sport and Social Issues
  • Research and Study Skills
  • Psychology Across the Life Span

Year two

Core units
  • Coaching Children and Young Performers 
  • Skill Acquisition in Children
  • Pedagogy in Physical Education
  • Applied Sociology of Sport
  • Research Methods 

Options

  • Developing Coaching Innovation Projects
  • Physically Active Teaching and Learning
  • Education and the Developing Learner  

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core units
  • Games Based Coaching
  • Physical Literacy 
  • Applied Pedagogy in Physical Education 
  • Dissertation 

Options

  • Outdoor Adventurous Activities 
  • Delivering Coaching Innovation Projects 
  • Issues in Education 

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Philippa Velija Philippa Velija Head of Subject View profile
Dominic Cunliffe academic profile Dominic Cunliffe Senior Lecturer View profile
Matthew Fleet academic profile Matthew Fleet Senior Lecturer View profile
Lisa Binney academic profile Lisa Binney Senior Lecturer View profile
Henry Dorling academic profile Henry Dorling Senior Lecturer View profile
William Lawless academic profile William Lawless Lecturer View profile
Kim Wilcox academic profile Kim Wilcox Lecturer View profile
Catherine Phipps academic profile Catherine Phipps Lecturer View profile
Oscar Mwaanga academic profile Oscar Mwaanga Associate Professor View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

As a student here at Solent University, you’ll have access to our full range of learning resources and facilities. These include a 24-hour library, comfortable study spaces, large computer resource centres and a comprehensive suite of academic and personal support services.

In terms of course specific facilities, you’ll make use of our sports grounds, teaching gyms, indoor sports halls and psychology laboratory.

We are an associated partner with the Association for Physical Education (afPE). 

Your future

This course has been designed with one focus in mind - to produce knowledgeable and experienced individuals who can progress onto a postgraduate teacher training course.

In the past, 75% of students have achieved this aim (against a national average of only 25%).

Other destinations include non-teaching positions such as teaching assistant, and sport coaching within schools, as well as opportunities to remain in higher education and complete a masters degree or PhD study.

Industry links

The course has been designed following close consultation with representatives from both the education sector and sports industry, ensuring it remains current and relevant to contemporary physical education policy.

The course team and other university staff maintain close ties with these industry practitioners. The University’s links to local and national sports provide a wide variety of opportunities for students who want to grow their portfolio of real-world experience.

These connections also provide us with a steady programme of guest speakers. Past speakers have included teachers, sport development experts and youth coaching professionals. 

Placements

Placements are encouraged throughout the course, with core placements being arranged by the course team. Our involvement with the Southampton School Sports Partnership - a scheme that was introduced to improve the quality of sports education within the city - gives students access to 72 primary schools, 15 secondary schools and 6 FE colleges in and around the Southampton area.

Further study

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